Monday, July 23, 2012

R.I.P. Sally Ride

Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, died today at age 61 of pancreatic cancer.  Dr. Ride joined the astronaut program in 1978 and flew on shuttle missions in 1983 and 1984.  She retired from NASA in 1987 and joined the faculty of University of California San Diego as a physics professor and director of the California Space Institute. In 2001, she founded Sally Ride Science, a private company dedicated to encouraging boys and girls pursue careers in science.  She served on numerous boards and received numerous awards, but what I remember  most is when her missions blasted off, all I could think of was "Ride, Sally - Ride!"  She was a pioneer in many areas.  RIP

(Picture courtesy of NASA; Sally Ride in 1984)

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